South Carolina businesses used to launder billions to drug cartels, terrorists (May 12, 2015)
From WMBF TV News: "Right now in Horry County, there is a billion-dollar industry operating completely under the radar. It pays no taxes, needs no license. In fact, the goal of this industry is to get money out of the state, to drug cartels and terrorist groups around the world. It's the same industry that makes sure there is plenty of marijuana, cocaine and heroin available to your kids at the most affordable prices.
"Perhaps the most interesting part of this business is that there is nothing law enforcement can do to stop it. According to some, a lack of regulation for the Money Services Business has made South Carolina perhaps the most criminal-friendly state in the country...
"We're the only state in the union where you can find every strain of heroin produced on the planet, and that's something that does not happen by accident. It happens when drug cartels find a state that welcomes them in with open arms...
"[T]here are more than 3,000 money transfer service businesses operating in Horry and Georgetown Counties alone...Those businesses wired nearly $700 million dollars a year just out of Horry County to a handful of known cartel addresses in Mexico and Columbia, and to locations operated by Hezbollah and other known terrorist groups in the Middle East.
"The National Guard also recognized the danger South Carolina was facing because of its lack of regulation of the Money Services industry. It proposed a $50 million pilot program to research the impacts of money laundering, and help educate lawmakers about the best ways to stop it.
"A delegation of lawmakers, local military and law enforcement went to Senator Lindsey Graham's office in Washington back in 2012 to get his support, providing him with all of the information in this investigation. They never heard back from his office. That pilot program went to another state."
Stay Off Social Media (Or Risk Divorce), New Survey Says (April 30, 2015)
From The Huffington Post: "One in seven people said they'd considered divorce because of their spouses' questionable activity on Facebook, Skype, Snapchat, Twitter or What'sApp, a recent survey of 2,000 married Brits found.
"Almost a quarter of those polled by the law firm Slater and Gordon said they had at least one argument a week related to social media use, with 17 percent admitting they fought about it every day."
These are the happiest countries on Earth (April 23, 2015)
According to the third "World Happiness Report" from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, the happiest country in the world is Switzerland. "People who live in the happiest countries have longer life expectancies and more social support, experience more generosity, have more freedom to make life choices, have lower perceptions of corruption and have a higher gross domestic product per capita, the report shows...
"'There is no single key to happiness,' said Jeffrey Sachs, the network's director and an economics professor at Columbia University. 'All of these countries do well in several ways. Being rich? That's good, but it's only a modest part of the story. Trusting society, having a government that ranks on low in corruption, a society where people are generous and volunteering - all of these are important for happiness.'"
Here's the World Happiness Report.
American Millennials are among the world's least skilled (March 10, 2015)
A testimony to the efficacy of government schools. From Fortune:
"It turns out, says a new report, that Millennials in the U.S. fall short when it comes to the skills employers want most: literacy (including the ability to follow simple instructions), practical math, and - hold on to your hat - a category called 'problem-solving in technology-rich environments.'
"Not only do Gen Y Americans lag far behind their overseas peers by every measure, but they even score lower than other age groups of Americans."
Here's the report
Bachelor Nation: 70% of Men Aged 20-34 Are Not Married (February 12, 2015)
From CNS News: "Seventy percent of American males between the ages of 20 and 34 are not married, and many live in a state of 'perpetual adolescence' with ominous consequences for the nation's future, says Janice Shaw Crouse, author of 'Marriage Matters.'
"'Far too many young men have failed to make a normal progression into adult roles of responsibility and self-sufficiency, roles generally associated with marriage and fatherhood,' Crouse, the former executive director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute, wrote in a recent Washington Times oped.
"'The high percentage of bachelors means bleak prospects for millions of young women who dream about a wedding day that may never come. 'It's very, very depressing,' Crouse told CNSNews.com. 'They're not understanding how important it is for the culture, for society, for the strength of the nation to have strong families."
Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth (May 22, 2014)
America's shale oil reserves were grossly underestimated.
Existing Home Sales Miss; Worst Start To Year Since 2007 (May 22, 2014)
Existing home sales continue to drop.
Russia, China Sign $400 Billion Gas Deal After Decade of Talks (May 21, 2014)
Russia and China sign an historic gas deal as they continue their moves to dump the US dollar, pushing America further towards economic collapse.
Upstate couple married for 72 years dies a day apart (May 21, 2014)
You don't see marriages like this much anymore.
An action in support of bank Rossiya to take place in Moscow (March 30, 2014)
Russia's ITAR-TASS News Agency reports that Russia officially announces that they will back the ruble with gold, in retaliation for sanctions against them. They state that they will begin to use the ruble for settling international transactions. This is one more step towards the U.S. dollar losing its status as the world's reserve currency.
China Will Dominate the World. Americans Need to Get Ready, Fed Official Says (March 28, 2014)
From the Wall Street Journal:
"It won't be long until the U.S. is eclipsed economically by China-and Americans need to start thinking about how to adjust to such a world.
"That's according to Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis President James Bullard, who spoke to the Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of a conference during a recent visit to Hong Kong.
"'Attitudes in the U.S. are going to have to change, because the U.S. will not permanently be the global leader,' Mr. Bullard said."
Debt Ceiling: China Calls for World to Be 'De-Americanised' (October 13, 2013)
China is the greatest foreign owner of US Treasuries, with $1.28 trillion worth of debt, and owns almost $3.5 trillion of dollar-denominated assets. Upset with the budget crisis in Washington, they are now calling for a "de-Americanised world", saying that the world should not be controlled by a hypocritical nation with a dysfunctional government. This is another shot across the bow of the strength of the U.S. dollar as the purchasing power of the average American continues to decline.
Yuan moves one step closer to global currency status (October 10, 2013)
China began a currency exchange deal for the euro, in their latest move towards establishing the yuan as a major global reserve currency. The deal will have a maximum size of 350 billion yuan ($57.2 billion) and 45 billion euros ($60.9 billion) for three years.
US adults are dumber than the average human (October 8, 2013)
U.S. adults scored below the international average on a global test in math, reading and problem-solving using technology. Such skills are critical for America to maintain global competitiveness and economic strength. The study found that it was easier to overcome educational barriers overseas than in America. For example, test subjects with parents educated in college scored better than those whose parents did not complete high school.
"America's school kids have historically scored low on international assessment tests compared to other countries, which is often blamed on the diversity of the population and the high number of immigrants. Also, achievement tests have long shown that a large chunk of the US student population lacks basic reading and math skills - most pronounced among low-income and minority students."
Jacob Kirkegaard, an economist with the Peterson Institute for International Economics said: "There is a race between man and machine here. The question here is always: Are you a worker for whom technology makes it possible to do a better job or are you a worker that the technology can replace?" he said. For those without the most basic skills, he said, the answer will be merciless and has the potential to extend into future generations. Learning is highly correlated with parents' education level."
BRICS agree to capitalize development bank at $100bn (September 5, 2013)
The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have agreed to fund their own development bank to compete with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). Currently the U.S. has enough clout in the IMF to veto any move. The BRICS countries account for 43% of the world population, share 16.8% of global trade at $6.1 billion, 18% of the world's GDP and 40% of global currency reserves. This is another move towards abandonment of the U.S. dollar as a world reserve currency. A Russian official said it could take up to a year to implement the bank.
Where Sand Is Gold, the Reserves Are Running Dry (August 24, 2013)
South Florida is running out of sand to renourish their beaches. The Corps of Engineers may have to buy it from the Caribbean.
New Report: South Carolina is Seventh Most Obese State in Nation (August 15, 2013)
South Carolina's adult obesity rate is 31.6%. Rates were highest in the South and Midwest. The rate has been steadily climbing since it was 12% in 1990. S.C. was second in the nation in 2011 in obesity for children aged 10-17 at 21.5%.
South Carolina Has Almost No Upward Economic Mobility (July 22, 2013)
The study also found that upward mobility was higher in two-parent households.
20th Annual Highway Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems (July 2, 2013)
According to this annual survey of state highway systems by the Reason Foundation, South Carolina is ranked seventh in the nation in highway performance and efficiency. The data is through 2009.
2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book (June 24, 2013)
According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, South Carolina is now 45th out of 50 states in child welfare, continuing a decline in recent years.
How Did Work-Life Balance in the U.S. Get So Awful? (June 1, 2013)
"Among all advanced nations, we rank 28th -- barely better than Mexico. Why's our work-life balance so bad if leisure is growing? Because single moms are growing faster."
Testing the Waters 2013: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches (June, 2013)
According to the latest annual survey of America's beaches by the National Resources Defense Council, 11% of South Carolina beaches are more polluted than the maximum allowed levels. We now rank 26th out of 30 coastal states.
The Empire's Next Effort to Extract Your Wealth (May 15, 2013)
Addison Wiggin of Laissez Faire Today writes:
"'Great empires, such as the Roman and British, were extractive,' economist Paul Craig Roberts observed recently. 'The empires succeeded because the value of the resources and wealth extracted from conquered lands exceeded the value of conquest and governance...
"'America's wars are very expensive,' says Roberts, stating the obvious. 'Bush and Obama have doubled the national debt, and the American people have no benefits from it...'
"In the big Iraqi oil auction of 2009, for example, even as U.S. helicopters droned overhead, the oil minister gave out zero contracts to American firms. Not one. And we spent at least $3 trillion on war - $2.9 trillion more than Team Bush's original budget. So much for paying for war with 'oil profits.'
"'Washington's empire extracts resources from the American people for the benefit of the few powerful interest groups that rule America...
"'That is how the American Empire functions,' concludes Roberts. We agree. To grow, the American Empire is always looking to inflate the next bubble. These serial bubbles each have the effect of 'extracting' wealth from the citizens - in the form of bigger mortgages, heftier credit card statements and stuffed stock portfolios. The 'extracted' money is, over time, passed from the wallets of citizens to the pockets of the well connected...
"Berkshire Hathaway firms in total received $95 billion in TARP money. Berkshire, you'll recall, held stock in Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and American Express...Total bailout: $130 billion. TARP-enabled companies accounted for 30% of [their] publicly disclosed stock portfolio...
"'In the most recent Census,' writes co-author Samantha Buker in The Little Book of the Shrinking Dollar, "48% of America qualifies as 'low income.' There are more Americans living under extreme poverty than have ever been recorded.'
"Since 2009, we've added another 4 million souls to the category of low income to below the poverty line. That's 146 million people in America who aren't consuming much aside from ever-increasing applications for food stamps."
SLUG CITY: We rank the best and worst places for exercise (May 7, 2013)
Men's Health magazine ranks Columbia, South Carolina as the fourth laziest city in America. No surprise there, most of the city is sitting around working for the government, or getting government assistance. As the capital of South Carolina, it's one of the most socialist cities in America that produces almost nothing.
Federal Europe will be 'a reality in a few years', says Jose Manuel Barroso (May 7, 2013)
The Euro is in a state of collapse, meanwhile EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says the EU will be federalized, as the European elitists will not give up on their idea of a European Socialist Utopia. Barroso said, "This is about the economic and monetary union but for the EU as a whole. The commission will, therefore, set out its views and explicit ideas for treaty change in order for them to be debated before the European elections. We want to put all the elements on the table, in a clear and consistent way, even if some of them may sound like political science fiction today. They will be reality in a few years' time."
Social and Economic Characteristics of Currently Unmarried Women With a Recent Birth: 2011 (May 2013)
U.S. Census report shows that South Carolina is ranked fifth in the country in births to unwed mothers at 43.9%. The national average is 35.7%.
Jeff Markin: Back from the Dead, Reborn Into the Light
Unsaved man gets saved after he's raised from the dead in an emergency room.
Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever (4/25/13)
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone uncovers huge conspiracies in the banking world to fix prices of just about everything. The game is rigged.
Columbia Economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs speaks candidly on monetary reform (April 17, 2013)
Columbia University Professor Dr. Jeffrey Sachs delivers a scathing speech to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve and calls the U.S. financial system "lawless" and says that Wall Street is run by "sociopaths." He says that foreign countries are angry at our financial mismanagement which has made the world financial system unstable and impacted their countries' economies.
China, Australia Reach Currency Deal (4/8/13)
China and Australia reach a deal to allow the direct conversion between their currencies in trading, thus bypassing the need for the dollar in commerce between the two countries. "'This is a huge advantage for Australia,' Ms. Gillard told reporters in Shanghai, flanked by executives from some of Australia's biggest banks. 'It's a strategic step forward for Australia as we add to our economic engagement with China.'"
America's Most (and Least) Religious Metro Areas (4/4/13)
A Gallup survey indicates that the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley metropolitan area of South Carolina is in a five-way tie for the fifth-most religious metropolitan area of America. Of course, the South is the most religious area of the country. The data also shows that more religious areas have lower incomes and less-educated people. (Perhaps this is an indictment against the anti-Christian attitude and brainwashing of higher education and what it takes to become financially "successful" in today's secular America.)
Best and Worst States to Make a Living 2013: Full list (April 1, 2013)
South Carolina is ranked the fifth-worst state to make a living.
Nigel Farage on "Wholesale, violent revolution" in Europe (4/1/13)
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and former Member of the European Parliament, spoke at the Sovereign Man: Offshore Tactics Workshop in Santiago, Chile, on March 30 - April 1, 2013. He said that even though the Euro is in a state of collapse, the European Union will not be dissolved without violence or maybe even revolution. He said that five of the seventeen countries have been bailed out, and that Slovenia will be next in a few months. Although the EU is collapsing economically, he said that unfortunately it will not go away quietly.
SUNDOWN IN AMERICA - State-Wrecked: The Corruption of Capitalism in America (March 30, 2013)
Former Budget Director under President Reagan, David Stockman, writes in the New York Times of how the government has destroyed capitalism:
"Within weeks of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in September 2008, Washington, with Wall Street's gun to its head, propped up the remnants of this financial mess in a panic-stricken melee of bailouts and money-printing that is the single most shameful chapter in American financial history.
"There was never a remote threat of a Great Depression 2.0 or of a financial nuclear winter, contrary to the dire warnings of Ben S. Bernanke, the Fed chairman since 2006. The Great Fear - manifested by the stock market plunge when the House voted down the TARP bailout before caving and passing it - was purely another Wall Street concoction. Had President Bush and his Goldman Sachs adviser (a k a Treasury Secretary) Henry M. Paulson Jr. stood firm, the crisis would have burned out on its own and meted out to speculators the losses they so richly deserved. The Main Street banking system was never in serious jeopardy, ATMs were not going dark and the money market industry was not imploding.
"Instead, the White House, Congress and the Fed, under Mr. Bush and then President Obama, made a series of desperate, reckless maneuvers that were not only unnecessary but ruinous. The auto bailouts, for example, simply shifted jobs around - particularly to the aging, electorally vital Rust Belt - rather than saving them. The "green energy" component of Mr. Obama's stimulus was mainly a nearly $1 billion giveaway to crony capitalists, like the venture capitalist John Doerr and the self-proclaimed outer-space visionary Elon Musk, to make new toys for the affluent.
"Less than 5 percent of the $800 billion Obama stimulus went to the truly needy for food stamps, earned-income tax credits and other forms of poverty relief. The preponderant share ended up in money dumps to state and local governments, pork-barrel infrastructure projects, business tax loopholes and indiscriminate middle-class tax cuts. The Democratic Keynesians, as intellectually bankrupt as their Republican counterparts (though less hypocritical), had no solution beyond handing out borrowed money to consumers, hoping they would buy a lawn mower, a flat-screen TV or, at least, dinner at Red Lobster...
"The future is bleak. The greatest construction boom in recorded history - China's money dump on infrastructure over the last 15 years - is slowing. Brazil, India, Russia, Turkey, South Africa and all the other growing middle-income nations cannot make up for the shortfall in demand. The American machinery of monetary and fiscal stimulus has reached its limits...[W]hat's at hand is a Great Deformation, arising from a rogue central bank that has abetted the Wall Street casino, crucified savers on a cross of zero interest rates and fueled a global commodity bubble that erodes Main Street living standards through rising food and energy prices - a form of inflation that the Fed fecklessly disregards in calculating inflation.
"These policies have brought America to an end-stage metastasis. The way out would be so radical it can't happen. It would necessitate a sweeping divorce of the state and the market economy. It would require a renunciation of crony capitalism and its first cousin: Keynesian economics in all its forms. The state would need to get out of the business of imperial hubris, economic uplift and social insurance and shift its focus to managing and financing an effective, affordable, means-tested safety net...
"The United States is broke - fiscally, morally, intellectually - and the Fed has incited a global currency war (Japan just signed up, the Brazilians and Chinese are angry, and the German-dominated euro zone is crumbling) that will soon overwhelm it. When the latest bubble pops, there will be nothing to stop the collapse. If this sounds like advice to get out of the markets and hide out in cash, it is."
RMB on way to becoming global reserve currency: IMF official (1/18/13)
"With China's economy gaining global strength, the renminbi is set to become a global reserve currency, Zhu Min, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Tuesday at an economic forum in Hong Kong."
How college students think they are more special than EVER: Study reveals rocketing sense of entitlement on U.S. campuses (1/5/13)
A recent study conducted by psychologist Jean Twenge and co-researchers found that American youth have an exagerrated sense of self-importance. The article failed to mention that the American government school system has contributed greatly to this by pushing self-esteem in the classroom and not failing students when deserved. Remember the words of 2 Timothy 3:1-5
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
From the article:
"Young people's unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966...[T]here's been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being 'above average' in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence...Researchers also found a disconnect between the student's opinions of themselves and actual ability...
"These young egotists can grow up to be depressed adults.
"A 2006 study found that students suffer from 'ambition inflation' as their increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations.
"'Since the 1960s and 1970s, when those expectations started to grow, there's been an increase in anxiety and depression,' Twenge said. 'There's going to be a lot more people who don't reach their goals.'
"Twenge is the author of a separate study showing a 30 per cent increase towards narcissism in students since 1979.
"'Our culture used to encourage modesty and humility and not bragging about yourself,' Twenge told BBC News. 'It was considered a bad thing to be seen as conceited or full of yourself.'
"Just because someone has high self-esteem doesn't mean they're a narcissist. Positive self-assessments can not only be harmless but completely true.
"However, one in four recent students responded to a questionnaire called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory with results pointing towards narcissistic self-assessments.
"Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or vanity; self-admiration, or being self-centered.
"Twenge said that's a trait that is often negative and destructive, and blames its boom on several trends - including parenting styles, celebrity culture, social media, and easy credit - for allowing people to seem more successful than they really are.
"'What's really become prevalent over the last two decades is the idea that being highly self-confident - loving yourself, believing in yourself - is the key to success,' Twenge said. 'Now the interesting thing about that belief is it's widely held, it's very deeply held, and it's also untrue.'
"Despite a library's worth of self-help books promoting the idea we can achieve anything if we believe we can, there's very little evidence that raising self-esteem produces positive, real-world outcomes."
"Studies suggest weaker students actually perform worse if given encouragement at boosting their self-esteem.
"'An intervention that encourages [students] to feel good about themselves, regardless of work, may remove the reason to work hard,'" said Roy Baumeister of Florida State University, author of a 2003 paper on self-esteem research.
But narcissists have a dim future:
"'In the long-term, what tends to happen is that narcissistic people mess up their relationships, at home and at work,' Twenge said. Though narcissists may be charming at first, their selfish actions eventually damage relationships.
"It's not until middle-age they may realize their lives have had a number of failed relationships.
"And even if they recognize something is wrong they may have a hard time changing.
"'It's a personality trait,' says Twenge. 'It's by definition very difficult to change. It's rooted in genetics and early environment and culture and things that aren't all that malleable.'"
The Cash for Clunkers Conundrum: That Cash for Clunkers Program Was Not an Environmental Success Story (1/2/13)
"Many of the cars that were traded in during Cash for Clunkers were perfectly functioning cars in good condition, and excellent candidates to have their engines and other parts recycled. With the engine destroyed, many clunkers bypassed the recycling companies and went straight to junkyards to be crushed and shredded. The ARA issued a report when the CARS program was announced saying that a much more efficient program would have been to encourage recycled parts usage. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explained at the time that the engines must be destroyed to prevent the vehicles from being resold and taking the road again. For any dealer that did not follow that law, there was a hefty $15,000 fine per infraction against them."
Unemployment and Poverty in America:
75 Economic Numbers From 2012 that are Almost too Crazy to Believe...
This article has some incrediblely dismal statistics about the true status of the U.S. economy, which document how we are really in another Great Depression. For example:
"Today, a new all-time record of 47.7 million Americans are on food stamps...Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
"Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
"Right now, approximately 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.
"Approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.
"Right now, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.
"As the economy has slowed down, so has the number of marriages. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.
"If you can believe it, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed last year.
"The value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.
"One recent survey discovered that 40 percent of all Americans have $500 or less in savings...28 percent of all Americans do not have a single penny saved for emergencies."
South Carolina Ranks Last in Economic Opportunities among States
The States Project found that South Carolina ranks last out of 50 states in economic opportunity. Also found that across the board, "States do not account to citizens in ways that are transparent, timely, or accessible."
South Carolina Is the Eighth-Worse Run State (11/27/12)
According to this survey by 24/7 Wall St., only seven states are run worse than South Carolina. The study found that "There is a strong correlation between well-educated populations and generally well-managed states. Of the ten best-scoring states on our list, nine have among the highest percentages of adults with high school diplomas."
South Carolina One of Eleven States in a "Death-Spiral" (11/25/12)
A Forbes survey identified South Carolina as one of eleven states that have more takers than makers. Once this condition occurs, the state falls into a "death spiral" because taxes increase, the educated workers leave, and worsening economic conditions are exacerbated. The study says, "Don't buy a house in a state where private sector workers are outnumbered by folks dependent on government" which means, don't buy a house in South Carolina.
3.6 million Social Security numbers hacked in S.C. (10/26/12)
The U.S. Secret Service discovered the theft of 3.6 million South Carolina residents' Social Security numbers from the S.C. Department of Revenue. The numbers were not encrypted. Also stolen were 387,000 credit and debit card numbers.
Updated Trailer Park Stats (9/14/12)
"According to 2008 U.S. Census data, 17.9 percent of South Carolina homes are of the mobile variety - the highest percentage in the entire nation. Next on the list is New Mexico, at 16.4 percent. The national average? Just 6.6 percent - meaning there are nearly three times as many mobile homes in South Carolina as there are in the average state."
A Third of Americans Now Say They Are in the Lower Classes (9/10/12)
The percentage of Americans who say they are in the lower-middle or lower class has risen from a quarter of the adult population to about a third in the past four years, according to a national survey of 2,508 adults by the Pew Research Center."
Which States Have the Most Dangerous Highways?
South Carolina ranks last out of 50 states in highway safety. "The dubious honor of 'State with the Most Dangerous Highways' goes to South Carolina, the only state in our top ten to rank in the bottom half of every single category. It wasn't even close! South Carolina finished a full 37 points ahead of 2nd place Florida in Total Score!"
SC: Where Kids (Don't) Count
"South Carolina ranks 43rd out of 50 states when it comes to children's well-being...According to the 'Kids Count' data center - a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation - more than a quarter million South Carolina children currently reside in households where the family income is below the poverty line."
Flawed open records laws limit access to state government (7/23/12)
South Carolina ranks dead last in open government (or first in secrecy, depending upon whose side you're on). Click on S.C. at the link to see a detailed report on why Palmetto State received an F grade.
At National Parks, where are all the young people? (5/29/12)
Young people prefer computers over the outdoors. No wonder they're so unhealthy.